Noblesse Oblige

Francesco Ricasoli gave up a career in photography to save his family’s historic Chianti estate
Mitch Frank
Issue: December 15, 2012

In Italy, history is often a curse. And in Tuscany, perhaps no wine region feels the weight of history more deeply then Chianti Classico. But history is also a blessing. When a region has a shining past, hard work can restore its luster. And in Chianti Classico's southeastern corner, there's a perfect example: The Barone Ricasoli estate —led by Francesco Ricasoli——which essentially created the wine we know as Chianti—is emerging from those troubled times, newly poised to lead the region to new heights. Wine Spectator's Mitch Frank explains.

For the full article, check out the new issue of Wine Spectator, on newsstands November 20, 2012.

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